under his wing in a traditional adoption ceremony, and in 2011, he undertook the role of sponsor, securing the support of the highest Gabonese authorities. This partnership aimed to conduct a comprehensive assessment titled “State of Iboga in Gabon and Internationally.” This assessment would later emerge as a crucial instrument in the core of Gabon’s decision-making process regarding the ratification of the Nagoya Protocol.
upon its establishment in 2015. Throughout his tenure, he steadfastly championed the organization’s objectives, throwing the full weight of his influence behind its mission. Tragically, Professor Gassita passed away in March 2022, just a few days after receiving the heartening news of the Indigenous Medicines Conservation Fund’s (IMCF) unwavering commitment to Blessings Of The Forest, the preservation of iboga, the safeguarding of associated traditional knowledge, and the implementation of the Nagoya Protocol within the Gabonese Republic